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What Are Gongbang Videos And Why Are People So Obsessed With Them?

They've mostly been helpful to students, especially during the pandemic.
PHOTO: (LEFT TO RIGHT) YOUTUBE/ESTUDIAR DERECHO, YOUTUBE/THESTRIVE STUDIES
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I'm the type of person who likes to play music in the background whenever I work. Most of the time, I just play whatever is on my Spotify playlists and it helps me get started on my tasks for the day. While some people think this kind of white noise can be distracting, to me, it was always something that helped my productivity. And apparently, the internet has something similar to offer. Take, for example, gongbang or "study with me" videos. In an article published by The Guardian, gongbang videos have been around since 2018, and it seems like the interest for this kind of content increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

What is a gongbang video?

According to The Guardian, the term gongbang is a combination of the words gongbu and bangsong, which in Korean means "study broadcast." The whole concept is actually pretty simple. When you watch a gongbang, you can expect to see someone studying. And that's literally it! Depending on the person, their face may or may not be seen on camera. Sometimes, they prefer an angle that shows only their desks and study materials. Most people also follow the Pomodoro Technique, a popular time management method where you split your tasks into intervals and take breaks in between. As for the location, they're usually filmed in bedrooms, libraries, and cafes. But heads up: If there's one thing you should know about these videos, it's that THEY TAKE HOURS. I even found some on YouTube that are more or less eight hours long! 

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Why are people suddenly *so* invested in watching study with me videos?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been spending more time at home. Ofc, students were not exempted from this. Online classes are now the new normal. According to The Guardian, "gongbang recreates the camaraderie of group study." In a way, it makes sense. Imagine being stuck at home, studying for days without the company of your friends, classmates, and colleagues. Watching these videos can make you feel like you have a study buddy IRL. In another article published by VICE, "study with me videos also serve an obvious practical purpose: helping people study." At a time like this, it's good to have any kind of encouragement or motivation, even if it means getting that *extra push* through a laptop screen.

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